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York Councillors Seek to Tighten Rules on Student Accommodation

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Councillors in York have been urged to restrict the number of family homes being converted into shared accommodation.

The draft local plan describes how many new homes York needs between now and 2032, as well as earmarking the land on which they should be build.

The plans were debated this week for the first time at the Local Plan Working Group, however one councillor warned against letting the newly built homes be converted into Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs).

It's argued that unless the city tightens the rules on HMO licensing, then as much as 20% of the new housing stock could be taken from those that need it.

Councillor Mark Warters, who represents Osbaldwick, called for a review of the rules and the thresholds for how many HMOs are allowed in certain areas, citing that the plan should factor in the number of student accommodation developments built in recent years.

Other councillors also backed calls for HMO licensing to be extended to smaller shared houses, although some had argued that students' housing needs should not be forgotten in the discussions.